Shippin' Out July 24-30: Catherine, From Dust

New release slate led by Atlus' horror puzzler and Ubisoft's god game; Black Ops Annihilation DLC for PS3, Dragon Age II: Legacy DLC, 3DS Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions also hit this week.

The last week of July is a busy one for new games, as several high-profile games make their debut. New releases this week range from a horror puzzle game from Atlus to fresh maps for Call of Duty: Black Ops for the PlayStation 3.

Leading the charge is the well-received Catherine for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Catherine has players navigating tricky relationship waters (and equally tricky puzzles) as Vincent. When the commitment-phobic protagonist's girlfriend Katherine starts talking about taking their relationship to the next level, Vincent begins to stray. While out drinking with friends, he meets a flirty bombshell named Catherine, whom--after a series of events he can't quite recall--he wakes up next to the following morning.

Catherine arrives for the Xbox 360 and PS3 this week.

In addition to helping Vincent make decisions to extricate himself from the situation, players will be called on to fight off the physical manifestations of his fears and guilt as he sleeps. Atlus is also including local competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes, as well as leaderboard support.

Also out this week is the second game in Microsoft's five-title Summer of Arcade promotion, Ubisoft's From Dust. Due out on Xbox Live Arcade and the PC, the game casts players as a supernatural force looking out for indigenous tribes in a seeming paradise beset by natural disasters.

By transporting land, water, vegetation, and lava around tropical environs, players can open up new pathways for villagers and protect them from earthquakes and other calamities. The various threats in the game can also be turned to the player's advantage; for example, a well-placed tsunami could extinguish wildfires rather than sweep away villages.

PlayStation 3 gamers looking to pick up new maps for Call of Duty: Black Ops can grab the Annihilation downloadable content for Treyarch's period shooter this Wednesday. It contains four new multiplayer maps and one fresh zombie level. The new killing spaces included in the downloadable content are Hangar 18, Silo, Drive-In, and Hazard. The zombie level is titled Shangri-La, described by Activision as "an exotic and mysterious map."

Those who prefer fantasy to shooting can pick up new content for Dragon Age II this week for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The Legacy content arrives on Wednesday, and in it, gamers will suit up again as protagonist Hawke, travelling to an ancient Grey Warden prison. Players will uncover additional details about his family history. Additionally, Hawke will visit new environments, battle new and "improved" enemies, craft a deadly weapon, and ultimately come face-to-face with a terrible horror.

Players looking for a new portable game this week can pick up Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions for the 3DS. The bundle includes Pac-Man Tilt, Galaga 3D, and a handful of other titles from the seminal arcade franchises in one package.

A spin-off from the original maze-navigating, pellet-munching adventure, Pac-Man Tilt is a 2D platformer that will make use of the 3DS accelerometer. Players will be able to tilt the world as a way to solve environmental puzzles and evade roaming enemies. Namco Bandai will also be playing off Pac-Man's spherical shape, as he is able to roll into a ball to speed through levels, bouncing off pinball flippers and springboards along the way.

Section 8: Prejudice shoots up the PSN this week.

Galaga 3D Impact will also be a riff on the tried-and-true arcade shooter formula and sees the spaceship-versus-aliens contest shift to the first-person shooter realm. The 3DS's gyroscopic and 3D feature will factor into Galaga 3D Impact, as players will be able to physically move the system to take aim and fire at enemies before those enemies can destroy human civilization.

Lastly, Section 8: Prejudice is out this week for the PlayStation 3. Originally released in April on the Xbox 360, the PS3 version includes a number of features its console counterpart did not have. Section 8: Prejudice for the PS3 will include two new multiplayer game modes: Skirmish and Assault. Additionally, those who purchase the game during its debut week will score the Blitz Armor pack and the Overdrive map pack for free.

For further details on the week's games, visit GameSpot's New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and subject to change

TUESDAY, JULY 26
Back to the Future: The Game - Episode V: OUTATIME--PS3--Telltale Games
Catherine--PS3, X360--Atlus
Dragon Age II: Legacy--PS3, PC, X360--Electronic Arts
Deadliest Warriors: Legends--PS3--Spike Games
Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove--3DS--Natsume
Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions--3DS--Namco Bandai Games
Section 8: Prejudice--PS3--TimeGate Studios
The Sims 3: Town Life Stuff--PC--Electronic Arts
Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team--PS3--THQ

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
From Dust--X360, PC--Ubisoft
Call of Duty: Black Ops - Annihilation--PS3, PC--Activision

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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29 comments
Dareitus
Dareitus

I hope Catherine has as big an impact on me as Persona 3 did. The other Persona's were great too but Persona 3 made me appreciate games beyond their core game-play. Plenty of games have great stories and characters, but SMT's games have a way of drawing the player in and making them truly feel like they are part of the world and the choices and decisions they make will have real impact. 400 Hours invested in Persona 3, lets see if Catherine can eat up half as many. (its a puzzle game not an Typical SMT RPG so I don't expect 400 hours of gameplay).

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

@hunter8man Me too, game industry needs original and good games, Hollywood is filled with sequels already.

hunter8man
hunter8man

I really hope people at least give Catherine a chance so that companies see that gamers still value original concepts and not just shooters and sequels.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Well, played the demo. My wife joined in too. We might end up getting it and play it together, her doing the dialog sections and me doing the puzzle stages... but she isn't one for swearing and the demo already had plenty of it.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Got to get my copy of Catherine this week, really looking forward to it

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

That reminds me, I need to try out the demo of Catherine... if only for the different factor.

lambojone
lambojone

Catherine is really a different game compared to any other release recently. The demo shined to me because introduced a new concept on the ps3. Kind of reminds me of Persona (duh, same company..) but its something different to play rather than the traditionally fps,tps, and rpgs. I wish games can be more creative like that. Its amazing how thoughtful the game is. it doesnt revolutionize gaming, but surely a new concept that other developers can use and make better games. I was soo bored of codbo until this game came out... it just wowed me lol....

franzito
franzito

Catherine is a personal favorite since a heard for the 1st time.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Good week this week. Catherine, From Dust, and Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions look awesome.

Dal25
Dal25

From dust! , yet another great XBLA released after Bastion.

Slipknotfan11
Slipknotfan11

I LOVE Persona..... and now Im gonna LOVE Catherine on the 26th =P

robertico7
robertico7

Something new but this is not my kind of game i Have to say

SoulStalkyr
SoulStalkyr

played the demo, not my cup of tea. at best a low low price of $19.95 game

monson21502
monson21502

good rental week. nothing worth buying though

gohoanq
gohoanq

I can't freaking wait to finally play Catherine.. also I wanna check out from dust too.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

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SuperMessy
SuperMessy

Can't wait to try Catherine. It's looks very unique, unlike most games released this generation.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

well finally something different, will get Catherine ASAP

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

I would buy Catherine if I had a HD system (I only have a Wii). I actually despise puzzle games but I like anime, and the story seems much adult and mature than all the high school stuff that goes on in most Anime (as well as many Japanese developed games).

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Catherine seems fantastic! Just my kind of game, I will have to check it out.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I have no hope of completingly Catherine. I'm trash at puzzle games. But I give this game a good try, before I have to read the walkthrough. Puzzle games I not the best at. I see how far I can get.

thegamegod
thegamegod

im so very tempted by dust,but ill have to see what the general census is before i hand M$ my money.

Alekxander
Alekxander

While I'm terrible at time based puzzle games, I'm very much looking forward to Catherine. :D

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Also, Kinect Avatar Chat releases either today or tonight. From Dust is kind of fun, it's like a mix of Black and White and Populous, except most levels are time based puzzles (kinda). I've been playing it all last week and it kind of grows on you the more you play it.

vivalatour
vivalatour

From Dusk till Dawn ? Now that would be The way to go !